Future Transportation Ideas Brew

by Brittany Shannon on July 20, 2010 at 6:55 am

The Ohio Department of Transportation held a meeting today to gain feedback from community stakeholders.

Across the state, ODOT is holding "Roundtable discussions" to gauge what members of the community think about Ohio’s transportation systems. Tuesday, District Five held their meeting where representatives from Muskingum, Perry, Guernsey and Coshocton counties met to talk about transportation ideas that would warrant economic growth.

"Governor Strickland, he believes in strengthening Ohio by economic development, and you can’t strengthen Ohio unless you have a strong transportation system," says Karl Newman, Deputy Director of District 5.

The focus isn’t only on roadways. It covers all modes of transportation including railways, airports, interstates and river commerce.

"We’ve discussed ways to, in the future tie all these in together and make for a more attractive industry. Industrial parks for manufacturers to come to, and do business by air, interstate, river and so forth," says Mayor Howard Zwelling.

Feedback from the Roundtable discussions will influence "Go Ohio," a blueprint for ODOT’s future transportation systems.